It’s probably safe to say that no two days are exactly alike. Sure, it can sometimes feel like our life is on repeat with all of our adulting and routines we do on the daily, but then Tuesday rolls along with a brand new indie dojo. And with the simple click of a button, our day just changed for the better.
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Through the course of over a half-decade of blogging, there are tens of thousands of songs I’ve scanned through, never giving an ounce of attention to past that initial impression. Going one layer deeper, there are artists I’ve inexplicably freaked out about, frantically writing them up as if my life depended on it. Yet, some of those artists fade from the forefront of my memory quite easily. Then, there are the artists that leave a lasting impression. The ones I clamor for, hoping the next release would just hurry up already.
For me, that’s Absofacto. His music has been with me in times of strife. It’s been with me in times of joy. It’s seen the rolling hills of Tuscany as I trained from city to city in search of self-affirmation. It speaks to me, more so than a lot of my favorites.
I’ve had to live off old releases for sometime now, constantly pouring over “Dissolve” again and again. Sure, he’s had a few stellar collaborations with The Knocks, but that’s not Absofacto. “Light Outside” is. It’s every bit of that well-crafted, emotive, and delicious indie-pop. It sends waves of warm remembrance over me, giving that surge of dopamine I had experienced time and time again in the past.
Catchy in nature, as I’d expect, “Light Outside” is a wildly addictive thrill ride that courses through dance-inducing builds and beautifully orchestrated half-time lulls. It’s powerful, yet in a way that doesn’t overwhelm from its own defined pop sensibilities. The only negative thing I can say about it is it took way too long to come to fruition. If you’re reading this, Jon, pick up the pace with the next few releases, will ya?
Shadowgraphs is a self-described “neo-psychedelic” rock group that hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently, they have been releasing music through Portland’s Golden Brown, an independent label/artist development group. Today, TMN is premiering Shadowgraphs’ latest single, “Scarlet Tunic” as a followup to their first single “Countryside”, both off their upcoming full-length album that’s due out this April.
“Scarlet Tunic” is an adventurously high-energy tune, continuing off of the retro-cool sound established on the first premiere single. It is an unmistakably psychedelic production that shows influence from 60’s surfer rock. The track features a harmonization of reverb and distortion-heavy guitars, while being anchored by a rock-steady bass line that provides structure in an otherwise frenetic song. Band member Wils Glade describes the song as:
You can certainly feel this mental battle when you hear the guitar riffs go up against the dream-like, ambient vocals. If you rocked out to this joint, pre-order the upcoming album (out April 7th) on Shadowgraphs’ Bandcamp.
The Big Easy. The Crescent City. Nawlins. New Oar-leans. Whatever you call it, you know that it stands upon a few strongly-planted pillars–good food, good music, and good times. We’ve had some epic moments down in New Orleans, which is why we’re beyond stoked to be heading to BUKU Music + Art project. As if one of the best party cities in the world wasn’t enough, this epic 2-day festival just added some rather unnecessary icing onto that Creole cake.
Our excitement is obvious, but we’re not here to talk about that. No, no. We’re here to get you excited. How do we plan to do that? Well, it’s pretty simple. We’re offering up two, two-day VIP 2-Day Passes tickets to one of our can’t miss festivals this year, PLUS a chance to hang with one of our favorite performing artists at said festival. That’s right. One lucky winner will be taking a friend down to Louisiana with a couple of free ticket and some epic hang time with the one and only Ekali.
UPDATE: THIS CONTEST HAS CLOSED AND A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN.
So, what do you have to do to enter? It’s pretty fricken’ easy. Just check out these instructions below:
1) “Like” us (The Music Ninja) on facebook here:
2) “Like” the BUKU on facebook:
3) “Like” the Ekali on facebook:
4) Comment below this post with why you deserve to win. Maybe you just went through an epic break up? Maybe you hold the record for most shrimp eaten in a single sitting? Fill us in! We want to know.
– Winner will receive 2 VIP 2-Day Passes
– TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED.
– You have to be 18+ to enter.
– Winner will be chosen on March 3rd at 12:00 EST and notified via Facebook
– You must come correct with some wicked dance moves all weekend long.